N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

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N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Heff » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:58 pm

A group of 7 ABR's from Northern Ireland recently rode to the Pyrenees. There were 3x BMW 1200GSA's, 2x Yamaha 1200 S10's 1x Triumph 1200 Explorer and a KTM 1190 Adv.

We left Banbridge, riding south from Northern Ireland to get to our overnight ferry leaving Cork at 4pm.
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We arrived in Cherbourg at around 7am the next morning, to be greeted by torrential rain. Getting off seemed to take forever, with numerous other bikes waiting to get off. Bumped into Olaf, another forum member, who would be better known on the forum as 92KKK100lt193214 who was riding his K100 - No surprise there. We eventually got off around 8:30am, which had knocked our plans back a bit, as we had 640 miles to push to get to our first hotel, in Lourdes. About 30 minutes into our first 150 mile leg, we stopped to pick up another of our group who was on another KTM 1190 Adv, so 8 bikes in total.

We had planned to ride around 2 hours, or 150 miles before stopping for fuel and more importantly, coffee.
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The delay getting off the ship had screwed with our plans as we didnt get to the hotel until around 8pm, and as it was a Sunday night, there wasn't that many places open. However, the guy on reception directed us to a great restaurant. Heres what I had !
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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Heff » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:04 pm

After a relaxing breakfast, unto the bikes then off into the Pyrenees, via the Col Du Tourmalet
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We stopped on the bend to take in the views, before heading off
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Along some outstanding roads, eventually stopping for lunch in a very quaint village, Arreau ?
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Post by Heff » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:20 pm

So onward over the Col D Aspin, stopping at the viewpoint
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Eventually getting into our campsite on the Spanish side in Sort. This would be our H.Q for the next 6 days exploring the surrounding area. Not 5* accomodation, but competely fine for our needs, with a kitchette/dining area, bathroom with shower and 2x bedrooms, with 4 in each dorm. This allows us to leave panniers and non essential items safely behind
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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Tonibe63 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:25 pm

Heff wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:04 pm
Along some outstanding roads, eventually stopping for lunch in a very quaint village.
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I think the village is Arreau????????

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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Heff » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:50 pm

Day 2 in the Pyrenees.

Outstanding roads taking us over the Coll Du Boixols
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A bit further on at another view point
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Then stopping at the roadside, (as you do) for a brew up !!
Spending our time commenting on the numerous bikes that went by
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Then back to H.Q for some liquid refreshments :D and a BBQ
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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by WIBO » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:50 pm

Great stuff....as stated it is indeed Arreau.


I like the road side brew up too.......we often do that and watch the world go by...Great!!


You could have called in for a beer here in my neck of the Pyénées, if you so desired......( from an 'Ards man in France ) :D


There's this too in case you didn't know . :D

https://adventurebikerider.com/forum/vi ... 21&t=39754











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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:09 pm

I'm in

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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by WIBO » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:29 pm

Hey Phil....

You're leaving with us on Friday morning? :D

You've all day tomorrow to get here :lol:

et alors?



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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Flintlock » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:30 pm

Yep, im in too

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Re: N.I ABR's in the Pyrenees

Post by Heff » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:37 pm

WIBO wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Great stuff....as stated it is indeed Arreau.


I like the road side brew up too.......we often do that and watch the world go by...Great!!


You could have called in for a beer here in my neck of the Pyénées, if you so desired......( from an 'Ards man in France ) :D


There's this too in case you didn't know . :D

https://adventurebikerider.com/forum/vi ... 21&t=39754

Wibo

Had I have known, I’m sure a beer stop could’ve been arranged

Regarding your link, interesting but no photos.

Maybe next time 8-)


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